Skip to comments.The Catholic Position [why the Church is blamed for everything]
Posted on 04/20/2002 5:56:22 AM PDT by heyheyhey
A few weeks ago I tried, in my feeble way, to express why I fell in love with the Catholic Church. I received many gracious and grateful responses from others who felt the same way, some of them converts like me.
Inevitably, there were also a few jeers, directed not so much against me as against the Church. Some dredged up old scandals of wicked popes, or supposedly shocking utterances of Catholic saints, or mere clichés of traditional anti-Catholic polemics. Most of these were meant to embarrass, not to persuade; the usual ahistorical nuggets.
What is startling is the perpetual passion of anti-Catholicism. Youd think that by now people who reject Catholicism would calmly ignore its teachings as old and irrelevant superstitions. After all, the Church has none of her old political power, adherence is now totally voluntary, and she has enough trouble getting her own children to listen to her.
But Catholicism still has a strange moral authority, and many people are unable to achieve a calm and assured disbelief. They are still driven to discredit the Church - perhaps for the same reason so many of us believe in her.
Catholicism offers a complete and comprehensive morality, one which most of us still recognize as the faith of our fathers. Bit by bit, the world, including other churches, has abandoned much of this morality; the Church continues to teach it, even when some of her own priests scandalously violate it.
A few generations ago, nearly all Christians shared the same sexual morality. They abhorred artificial birth control, for example. Many state laws banning the sale of contraceptive devices in this country were passed by Protestant majorities while Catholics were politically weak.
Gradually, however, Protestants ceased to oppose contraception, and Catholicism almost alone continued to condemn it. What had long been a consensus became censured as a "Catholic position." We now see the same process well under way with abortion and homosexuality.
If cannibalism ever becomes popular, and the rest of the world, led by its progressive-minded intellectuals, decides that anthropophagy is a basic constitutional right, opposing cannibalism will become a "Catholic position" too. Catholics will once more be accused of wanting to "impose" their "views" on everyone else (even when they are far too weak to do so), and the reformers will cry, "Lets keep government out of the kitchen!"
I dont defend the Churchs morality because I am a Catholic. I became and remain a Catholic because the Church maintains a consistent morality - while the rest of the world keeps veering off into moral fads. My conviction that she is right is only strengthened by the worlds strident demand that she change along with it, as if it were a sort of moral duty to change ones principles, like underwear, with reasonable frequency.
"The world" includes many nominal Catholics who side with the secular world against their own Church. These are the Catholics you are most likely to see in the major media. They deny the Churchs authority to keep teaching what she has always taught, yet they cant rest until she approves their pet vices - contraception, sodomy, same-sex marriage, and all the rest.
Notice that the proposed reforms usually have to do with sex. When the Church refuses to change, she is accused of being "obsessed" with sex, when its really her critics who are obsessed with it. Catholic morality recognizes seven deadly sins, of which lust is only one; but this happens to be the one the modern world cant stop thinking about. Nobody demands that the Church "change its outdated teachings against sloth."
At any rate, the Church cant change. She can no more change her teaching about lust than her equally emphatic teachings about pride, gluttony, and sloth, because God has made the world as it is and no human will can repeal its moral order. These arent the Popes personal opinions; they are objective truths.
Powerless, hardly able to keep her own flock in line, and betrayed by many of her shepherds, the Church is still treated as a threat. All she really threatens is the false comfort of the dormant conscience; but this is enough to make bitter enemies.
After all, her Founder warned her not to expect gratitude from men for trying to save their souls. She is the mother of Western civilization, and to this day, all too often, she is blamed for everything and thanked for nothing.
Trying to point the finger at others as some have done saying things like 'they clergy in other churches have just as many _______ (fill in the blank with: pedophiles, gays, etc. etc.) is just as bad as those Bishops who covered up their 'sins' for years. Thousands of children have been at the mercy of those who were supposed to protect them and they failed their parishoners and God miserably.
...he needs to take a truthful honest look at the problems in the Catholic church and quit attempting to give it a passThe problem of sodomite criminals trying to destroy both the Church and those entrusted to her care hurts every Catholic.
The problem is that when you have a billion catholics, some are sinners.
If you notice, most of the "scandals" are twenty years old. There are 40 000 priests now, but if you count the number who have served over the last 20-30 years, the number goes above 100 000. If one percent are pedophiles, you get 1000 pedophiles. I am not counting sex with consenting teens, which is a major sin, but is common in not only clergy but in doctors, of course you get a higher number.
Now, back in the 1970's, such cases were treated as a sin, which can be forgiven, and as a psychological failing, which could be treated.
Nowadays, as a reaction to all the cases, the public has gotten angry.
So the Church is rightly censored.
But you notice at the same time, the Supreme court allows child pornography, and young children are being indoctrinated that promiscuous sex is normal, and gay sex should be celbrated.
But in the last ten years, the Catholic church is reviving, i.e. going back to their Christian roots. There is a real danger of it becoming the enemy of political correctness.
Voila: pedophile scandals, mostly from the time when weak bishops allowed weakening of the sexual morality and weakening of screening of practicing gays from seminaries. (not to mention those like Mahoney weakening the doctrinal beliefs of the church)
We need prayer at this time that the scandals are repented for. Alas, too many bishops are embroiled in politics.
However, the church will survive.
BUT, it needs to deal with it's current moral failures.
This article reminds me of the story about the 1,000 attaboys, one screw up and there all gone.
Moral authority is based on being moral, the Catholic Church is quickly loses it's ability to sing that tune.
Bless your heart.
I was yesterday speaking to a former priest about this issue and he said that a particular family he knows whose child was abused left the church not due to what happened to their son but due to the way the Bishop dealt with it. They told the Bishop IF they didn't do something with the abusive priest (who had been abusing kids for years at several parishes with the full knowledge of the Bishop) then they would go to the press. The Bishop refused and the family took the story to the press. That is why some of this is in the press now..not the EVIL press trying to destroy the Church but an EVIL Bishop not protecting the children but protecting and EVIL priest.
Only prayer, sincere repentance for sin and the knowledge that Christ Himself said:
"The gates of hell shall not prevail against it (His church)."
I would agree with your statement 100%
My problem is, the Church is NOT dealing with these people (preverted criminals).
Until it does in an open and honest way, the attacks will continue.
They can no longer hide behind the Church door anymore and pay out money for silence.
My problem is, the Church is NOT dealing with these people (preverted criminals).Probably not dealing whatever way YOU would like to see it being done.
I do not believe that the 'sodomite criminals' are out to destroy the Catholic church.You surely are NOT a Boy Scout of America :-)
Tried and convicted (if guilty) and sent to prison for a long time.
Every single one of them.
A sentiment which can be echoed for Protestant denominations as well. Every institution that has allowed moral relativism and tolerance of abhorrence to gain a foothold needs to clean up its act.